Tuesday 10 December 2019

A man jailed for conspiring to import €7m in drugs told to hand over precious stones

Independent.ie reporters

A MEATH aviation broker known as "The Boxer" - who was jailed for conspiring to import €7m in drugs - has been ordered to hand over precious stones and over €200,000 to the State.

John Kinsella (42), a former Irish super heavyweight boxing champion, was sentenced to 12 years in 2009 after pleading guilty to conspiring with others to import cocaine and heroin from Belgium between September 22 and 26, 2006.

Dutch authorities, who were investigating a co-accused, found 57 kilograms (kg) of heroin and 21 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated €7m, in the luggage of a passenger trying to board the private jet Kinsella had hired for a round trip from Weston Airport, Kildare to Wevelgem, Belgium on September 26, 2006.

Today Judge Tony Hunt ordered that Kinsella forfeit precious stones held by gardai to the State.

He also ordered that 75pc of the value of funds and assets contained in a schedule of Kinsella’s assets by forfeited.

Pauline Walley SC, prosecuting, said the total amount of these assets, aside from the precious stones, amounted to €207,140.

Judge Hunt noted that this included €10,930 in scheduled assets and €125, 841 in funds held with Allied Irish Bank.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court also ordered that Kinsella abandon his claim for legal costs, which amounted to around €200,000.

Ms Walley said that the remaining 25pc of Kinsella’s assets would be unaffected so as to leave some “light at the end of the tunnel” for Kinsella upon his release from prison.

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